Fulcher: Lawmakers didn’t address Core

Sen. Russell Fulcher, R-Meridian

The state health insurance exchange remains the main talking point in state Sen. Russell Fulcher’s possible run against Gov. Butch Otter.

But here’s an odd comment from a Pocatello stop in Fulcher’s statewide exploratory “listening tour.” Fulcher, R-Meridian, suggested the Legislature did not look at the state’s new Common Core standards.

From an Idaho State Journal article: “(Fulcher) said the new standard had not yet been addressed in the Legislature.”

As the article notes, the Legislature did approve administrative rules that established the Idaho Core Standards. The rule passed the House and Senate education committees in January 2011. Fulcher was on the Senate Education Committee at the time, and that remains one of his committee assignments.

For more detail on the Senate Education Committee’s review of Common Core, here’s a link to the Spokane Spokesman-Review’s Betsy Russell’s Eye on Boise blog.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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